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Tuesday’s linkapalooza
   September 2, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Lots of action this past weekend.

Steven Goff has you covered with a weekend roundup of the bigger names in Europe.  Good to see Rubio Rubin and Emerson Hyndman both made appearances again in their respective team’s starting lineups.  Hyndmann is 18 years old and completing 91 percent of his passes this season, fourth highest in the Championship among players with 100+ attempted passes.

As for some goals, Matt Taylor bagged another two goals in Saarbrücken’s 2-1 win over Nöttingen (highlights).  Taylor has put together a nice little career in the various lower leagues in Germany, scoring 55 goals in 162 league appearances since 2008-09.

Bobby Warshaw went the full 90 minutes and scored the opening goal of the game in Bærum’s 2-1 loss to Hønefoss (highlights).  Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 11th goal of the season in Landskrona’s 1-1 draw to Sirius (highlights).  Down in the fourth tier in Sweden, Eddy Prugh and Andy Lorei both scored in Bodens BK’s 3-2 loss to Anundsjö (highlights).  And we don’t have highlights of these goals, but Matt Eliason, Drew Jeskey, Anthony Avalos and Christian Eissele also scored this weekend and our goal tracker has some more details.  Will Packwood also scored for Birmingham City’s U-21 team.

While we had some goals this weekend, the assists might have been even better this weekend.  Bobby Wood used his head to assist on 1860 Munich’s goal in their 1-1 draw to Darmstadt 98 (highlights).  Here is also a photo of Wood from that game.  And Alfredo Morales assisted on two goals in Ingolstadt’s 3-0 win over Sandhausen (highlights).  That second one was pretty slick.

The USMNT did some training yesterday at the headquarters of the Czech Football Association.   In case you missed the young roster, John D. Halloran broke things down on Friday.  Terrence Boyd is also there in attendance despite his knee injury and Geoff Cameron has been officially ruled out of Wednesday’s game due to his injury.  I forgot to post this last week, but here is Jurgen Klinsmann’s usual post-roster release quote sheet.  Also from last Friday, US Soccer announced an October 14 friendly against Honduras.

The US U-20 team is headed to Argentina this week to play Racing Club Reserves, Defensa y Justicia Reserves and Argentina’s U-20 team.  Here is the updated roster, which features John Requejo Jr., Fernando Arce, Russell Canouse, Junior Flores and Paul Arriola among others.  Another interesting name on the list is Chivas de Guadalajara’s Luis Martir since Chivas normally has a Mexican international only policy.

We had a pretty quiet Deadline Day on the American front (aside from a dildo going into a reporter’s ear, seriously), but we had a couple moves over the last couple of days.

As we posted over the weekend, Julian Green is headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan.  And for all those soccer jersey hipsters out there, Hamburg has a decent home shirt this year and Green looks to be wearing #37.

As for some other moves, Duane Holmes is now with League Two side Bury on a loan until January.  Seb Hines is now with Coventry City until January on a short-term loan.  Gboly Ariyibi signed with English League One side Chesterfield.  And US U-20 midfielder Kris Scott has made the move from Swansea City’s youth teams to Leicester City’s youth teams.

The bigger news on the American front were the moves that did not happen.  Stoke City decided to keep Geoff Cameron despite bids from Sunderland and Southampton.  Zulte-Waregem made a bid for Sacha Kljestan, but Anderlecht decided to hold onto him as well.  And I guess there might have been some rumblings of Southampton sniffing around Brek Shea, but nothing happened (and it was likely silly season nonsense).

And before multiple more people ask me, Juan Agudelo is still without a club and myself (and many others) don’t know anything more on his situation.

Brian Sciaretta, writing for multiple outlets, has you covered with some interviews with Brad Guzan and Greg Garza.  Jonny Rico also got some audio from Garza and Joe Corona about their recent call-ups to the USMNT.

And finally, Freddy Adu is still in Serbia, still hasn’t played for his new team and is suing his former Brazilian team Bahia over alleged unpaid wages.

 
Categories: Alfredo Morales, Andrew Stadler, Anthony Avalos, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Christian Eissele, Drew Jeskey, Duane Holmes, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce, Freddy Adu, Gboly Ariyibi, Geoff Cameron, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, John Requejo Jr., Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Kris Scott, Matt Eliason, Matt Taylor, Paul Arriola, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Seb Hines, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Some links and such for Tuesday
   August 26, 2014 (12:07 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s get to it.

It is starting to become my super busy time of the year at work so I didn’t have time to do The OT Report.  That said, Steven Goff has you covered with some of the bigger name guys in Europe.

We did have some pretty nice goals this weekend between Conor O’Brien and Cesar Romero.  Shawn Barry also scored in Austria as did Ariel Lassiter in Sweden.  Brad Guzan became the first Aston Villa goalkeeper to record a clean sheet in each of the team’s first two games of a season since David James in 1999-00 with two saves against Newcastle United.  And Bob Bradley and Co took down the Norwegian defending champions Strømsgodset.

At the youth level, Gedion Zelalem went 90 minutes for Arsenal’s U-21 team in a 1-1 draw.  Also at the U-21 level, Cody Cropper and Southampton defeated Sebastian Lletget and West Ham 2-1.  Here are some highlights with Lletget getting an assist at the 3:22 mark.  And Marc Pelosi has come back from his broken leg and started to play again with Liverpool’s U-21 team.

US Soccer’s website put up a Q&A with Tim Howard after he announced his year-long break from the USMNT.  Tim Howard will publish a memoir in December.  And according to our poll from last week, most people think Bill Hamid is the current #3 goalkeeper for the USMNT with Howard sitting out the year.

According to this report out of Germany, Bobby Wood will be called into the USMNT friendly against the Czech Republic.

Jermaine Jones is now in New England.  Here is a photo of him hanging out it with Robert Kraft.

NBC Sports’ Joe Prince-Wright is hearing that Geoff Cameron is getting interest from Lazio and a pretty blah list of Premier League clubs.

Various teams across Europe are interested in a loan deal for Brek Shea according to this report.

The Baltimore Sun’s Ryan Bacic wrote some words on Joe Gyau and his family.

Rubio Rubin did not dress for FC Utrecht this past weekend, but here is a video interview about his debut from two weeks ago (including some highlights from the game).

Here is another story on Quentin Westberg and Luzenac’s current battle in France.

And finally, ESPN’s Doug McIntyre broke out his latest USMNT hot list.

 
Categories: Ariel Lassiter, Bill Hamid, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Cesar Romero, Cody Cropper, Conor O'Brien, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Marc Pelosi, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastian Lletget, Shawn Barry, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team
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Tuesday morning links
   August 12, 2014 (1:29 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Let’s start off with some USMNT news.

The FA of Ireland officially announced the rumored November 18 friendly yesterday.  Still no official word from US Soccer.

Some details of the 2015 Gold Cup came out over the weekend.  It will feature 12 teams in 10 different US cities between July 7-26.  The 10 cities will be selected in “4Q 2014″.  And a third place match has been added this year.

Speaking of the Gold Cup, new contributor John D. Halloran took a look at some possibilities of the 2015 US roster last Friday.

We had a few guys in action on Monday.  Pablo Punyed scored a game-winning goal from a free kick in the 90th minute to give Stjarnan the 2-1 victory in Iceland (highlights).  And Zak Whitbread was able to get through a game without an injury and he assisted on a goal in Derby County’s 2-0 win in League Cup action (highlights).

I already made a post highlighting Emerson Hyndman’s pro debut from the weekend, but Fulham’s website has put up the whole game for your viewing pleasure.  And Hyndman spoke to Fulham’s website about the game against Ipswich Town.

I finally had some time this weekend so I was able to write up The OT Report.  So check that out to see how some of your favorite players did this past weekend across Europe.  Even though the big leagues haven’t started yet, there were a ton of guys in action over the weekend.

One player who saw the field this weekend in a reserve game was Freddy Adu.  He started for FK Jagodina’s reserve team in a 1-0 loss in Serbia.  And here is photographic proof that he still exists.

Michael Orozco scored a goal this weekend.  But it was for the other team (highlights).

Junior Flores played this weekend for Borussia Dortmund’s U-19 team in a 4-0 win over Wuppertaler SV.  I saw some online chatter that he assisted on three goals.  I have no clue if that is true or not, but here are some highlights from the game, which has two of the goals.  One came from a free kick and I can’t tell if he assisted on the other or not.

Here is a photo of Alejandro Bedoya from Nantes’ 1-0 win over Lens.  And I think this is a photo of Bedoya leading the team in the “I Believe” chant, which I have seen him do before for Nantes after wins.

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa took on Parma over the weekend in a friendly and here is an action shot of Guzan making a save.

Some Norwegian press didn’t like Bob Bradley’s tactics, but Bob didn’t take kindly to the criticism.  Go get ‘em, Bob.

Nothing new to report on DeAndre Yedlin over the last two days, but here is the latest that we know as of Saturday from Sigi Schmid.

Jozy Altidore saw the field over the weekend in Sunderland’s 2-0 win over Udinese in a friendly, his first game action since the Ghana game.

Here are some very long highlights from Hannover 96′s testimonial match for Steve Cherundolo.

Jermaine Jones is still without a home and it looks like the New England Revolution are interested in working out a deal.  And while Sacha Kljestan didn’t end up in Los Angeles, it looks like FC Dallas were trying to get the midfielder to Frisco as well.

Yanks Abroad has two new interviews up on their site, one with Bobby Wood and another with Jonathan Spector.

Terrence Boyd is not back yet from his knee injury, but RB Leipzig’s away shirts for this season are on fire.  I like them a lot.

And there was some other major transfer news this weekend.  The beloved Men in Blazers are moving from ESPN to NBC and will be getting a weekly Monday night show on NBC Sports.  Kung Fu Fighting.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Bob Bradley, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, DeAndre Yedlin, Emerson Hyndman, Freddy Adu, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Spector, Jozy Altidore, Junior Flores, Michael Orozco Fiscal, Pablo Punyed, Sacha Kljestan, Steve Cherundolo, Terrence Boyd, US Men's National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Still catching on things links
   August 8, 2014 (1:13 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I am still catching up on life, but here are a few links from the last week or so while I was gone.

One of the most important players if not the best player in US Soccer history, Landon Donovan, announced his retirement yesterday.  He will play the rest of the 2014 MLS season before officially calling it quits.  The USMNT’s all-time leader in goals (57), assists (57) and games started (141), Donovan brought a lot of joy to US fans over the years.  He scored his first international goal against Mexico and he scored his last USMNT goal against Mexico (highlights of all 57 goals).  Never forget.

As I promised last week, we are starting to add new content to the site aside from links and RJ DeMello started us off last week with an interview with Joe Gyau.  There should also be something else USMNT-centric from another new contributor today.

Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe, so here are a bunch of GIFs of about half of those goals.  The goal tracker has also been updated with all the goals.

When I left town last week, it looked like Jermaine Jones was headed to Chicago and Sacha Kljestan was headed to the LA Galaxy.  Upon my return, Jones turned down a multi-million dollar deal and Kljestan was still in Belgium with Anderlecht.  Jones has also become friends with Charlie Sheen and Chuck Liddell.

Then Wednesday brought the Mix Diskerud-almost-going-to-Columbus madness.  While the Crew did not land Diskerud, they did sign French-American youth player Romain Gall.

In the never ending DeAndre Yedlin potential transfer saga, Tottenham are the new leaders according to Ives.

It looks like Brek Shea is likely to go out on loan again this season.  Staying at Stoke City, some teams have shown interest in Geoff Cameron, but he is staying with the Potters according to Greg Seltzer.

USMNT vets Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both want to continue to play for the US.

Conor O’Brien signed with Austrian Bundesliga side Wiener Neustadt last week.

Aron Johannsson wants to lead the Eredivisie in goals this upcoming season.

Eric Lichaj is finally over his groin injury and returned to training with Nottingham Forest.

Death, taxes and Zak Whitbread injuries.  Whitbread has already injured his back in a friendly and Derby County are hoping he can return to training soon.

Jonathan Bornstein had to leave Queretaro’s Copa MX game earlier this week due to an injury.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle caught up with Stuart Holden as he continues to rehab his knee.

Hannover 96 is holding a Steve Cherundolo farewell match this weekend.

Also from last weekend, Bobby Wood assisted on a goal in 1860 Munich’s 3-2 loss to Kaiserslautern.

Sebastien Ibeagha is headed to FC Fredericia for the rest of the season on loan from AC Horsens.

The US U-23 and U-17 teams have been busy lately.  The U-23 team defeated the Bahamas national team 5-1 (highlights).  And the U-17 team are in the semifinals of a tournament in Mexico after winning their first four games (highlights).

In Europa League action yesterday, Pablo Punyed and Stjarnan are advancing to the playoff round, while Mix Diskerud/Rosenborg, Ethan Horvath/Molde and Sean Reynolds/FH have all been eliminated.

Here are some highlights of Ethan Horvath in action between the sticks for Molde II in a recent game.

Bobby Warshaw wrote some words about life as an American player in Europe.

Did you know that League of Ireland Premier Division side Cork City’s manager was born in the US?

 
Categories: Aron Johannsson, Bobby Warshaw, Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Clint Dempsey, Conor O'Brien, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Eric Lichaj, Ethan Horvath, Geoff Cameron, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jonathan Bornstein, Landon Donovan, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Romain Gall, Sacha Kljestan, Sean Reynolds, Sebastien Ibeagha, Steve Cherundolo, Stuart Holden, US U-23 National Team, Zak Whitbread
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Links for Thursday
   July 31, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A few link from the last couple days.

According to a report out of San Antonio, the USMNT will play Colombia in San Antonio in September.

I did a few numbers on players in the English League Championship, so go check that out.

Joe Corona scored his first goal for Tijuana since February of 2013 on Tuesday night.  Check it out here.

Sources are telling Ives that Sacha Kljestan might be headed on loan to the LA Galaxy.  The loan would last through the 2014 MLS season then the Galaxy would hopefully find a way to pay him DP money after that.  Some people are wondering if MLS might create a fourth DP slot.  But obviously this is all speculation at this point.

And it looks like Jermaine Jones is close to signing with the Chicago Fire.

While Matt Besler just got that DP money in Kansas City, Besler told Goal.com “never say never” about any potential move to Europe in the future.

Impressed by his play so far this summer, FC Utrecht signed Rubio Rubin to a four-year deal yesterday.

Andrew Jacobson was traded from FC Dallas to NYCFC earlier this week then was sent out on loan to Bob Bradley and Stabæk until they actually have a team.

Brian Sciaretta is hearing that Conor O’Brien is set to transfer from OB in Denmark to Wiener Neustadt in Austria.  O’Brien has appeared in only 16 league games for Odense since joining the club last August.

Tim Howard signed a multi-year deal with NBC to work in the booth and in the studio for NBC during its Premier League coverage when it doesn’t conflict with his Everton games.

Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg helped lead Luzenac to a second place finish in the French National (third tier) last season, earning them promotion to Ligue 2, but now their spot in Ligue 2 is in jeopardy since the town/club is so small.

Clutch City Soccer has an interview up with Sebastien Ibeagha.

Emerson Hyndman will be sporting the squad-friendly #28 this season for Fulham.  I bet he will make his senior team debut this year.

US Soccer put up a little video up on US U-20/Hoffenheim midfiedler Russell Canouse.

According to this report out of Germany, assistant coach Andy Herzog has extended his contract with the USMNT through 2018.

Meet a new potential dual-national for the US.  Hey, USSF, get on that.

Both John Brooks and Tim Ream have new away shirts for their respective clubs.

And finally, I am making my annual trip to Chicago to see family and friends (and having fun at Lollapalooza this weekend), so updates might be a little light for me, especially over the weekend.

 
Categories: Andrew Jacobson, Conor O'Brien, Emerson Hyndman, Jermaine Jones, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Matt Besler, Panos Armenakas, Quentin Westberg, Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Sacha Kljestan, Sebastien Ibeagha, Tim Howard, Tim Ream, US Men's National Team
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Links from the weekend
   July 28, 2014 (7:00 AM) by Matt Benson
 

More than few things from the weekend.

As I posted earlier this morning, Terrence Boyd picked up a knee injury over the weekend according to one German report.  Hopefully it is nothing serious.

We had a couple goals this weekend in both real games and friendlies.  Royal-Dominique Fennell probably had the goal of the weekend in Stuttgarter Kickers’ 3. Liga opener.  Jake Keegan scored a pretty easy goal in Galway FC’s win in Ireland.  Matt Horth scored his fourth goal of the year in Leiknir Reykjavík’s win in Iceland.  His four league goals are tied for the third most in the Icelandic 1. Deild (second tier) by a foreign player.  Yay for Icelandic second division stats!

As for some goals in friendlies, Shawn Parker scored a goal on Friday in Augsburg’s 2-1 win over French side Rennes.  Bobby Wood scored a goal in 1860 Munich’s 2-0 win over Stoke City.  Brek Shea also played the entire second half for the Potters.  Here is a photo of Wood in action from the game.  And here is video of the entire first half, but of course Wood’s goal is in the second half (as well as all of Shea’s playing time).

Joe Gyau went the full 90 minutes in Borussia Dortmund II’s 2-1 win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt in their 3. Liga opener.  In the small chance he gets to play with the senior team in a Champions League game, Dortmund have some pretty basic third/Champions League shirts for this season, which is not like Dortmund.

As for Junior Flores, he is starting the season with Dortmund’s U-19 team.  He played with the U-19 team in a 0-0 draw against VfL Wolfsburg in the Ruhr-Cup (apparently Flores didn’t get the snapchat about not smiling).  There are some photos from that 0-0 draw right here.

Gedion Zelalem started and played 45 minutes for Arsenal this weekend in their 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls.  I already posted last Friday that he is good at basketball.  Someone already put together a “every touch” video of his 45 minutes.  It was also the US press’ first chance to really talk to him about potentially playing for the US, but he didn’t really give up the goods.

“No decisions have been made,” Zelalem said of his national team future, later adding, “They’re both great countries. U.S. is on the rise, Germany is already a great country, so whichever country I choose will be a good choice.”

Zelalem confirmed to Goal USA that he has yet to secure a U.S. passport, but did tell media at Red Bull Arena that his application for one is in the works. He also confirmed that he has spoken to U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“We’ve talked on the phone a few times, but nothing advanced,” Zelalem said. “Just hello.”

Jeff Bradley also got to talk to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis about Zelalem.

Emerson Hyndman went 90 minutes in Fulham’s 3-0 win over D.C. United.  It sounded like both teams brought pretty weak squads to Jacksonville with the highlights coming from their new jumbotron, a pool and Carrie Underwood.

Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played seven minutes in Anderlecht’s season-opening 3-1 win against Mouscron-Péruwelz.

John Brooks is back with Hertha Berlin and training after his World Cup vacation.

We saw the post-injury photo of Rubio Rubin last week and now we know more information on what happened.  He ended up breaking his nose and having a concussion.  He had the nose re-set and he will return to training this week without any contact.

For those of you wanting a Fabian Johnson/Borussia Mönchengladbach jersey, he will be wearing #19 this season.

One of the more likeable USMNT players of the last few years, Jay DeMerit, announced his retirement last week.  DeMerit played in 25 games for the USMNT between 2007-2011, including starts in all four games during the 2010 World Cup.  I will always remember him throwing his body in front of every shot during the US’s 2-0 win over Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup and his somersault over the dog pile after Landon Donovan’s goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup.

As for a current player that I have done a complete 180 on over the last year and enjoy the heck out of . . . here is your weekly reminder that Jermaine Jones is oddly awesome.

 
Categories: Bobby Wood, Brek Shea, Emerson Hyndman, Fabian Johnson, Gedion Zelalem, Jake Keegan, Jay DeMerit, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, John Brooks, Junior Flores, Matt Horth, Royal-Dominique Fennell, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Terrence Boyd
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A bunch of link goodies for Thursday
   July 24, 2014 (12:02 AM) by Matt Benson
 

This summer has been a busy one and here are a bunch more links from the last couple of days.

The big news of yesterday was that DaMarcus Beasley signed a DP contract with the Houston Dynamo.  He becomes the 10th current USMNT player on a designated player contract with MLS.

Danny Williams had surgery on his knee earlier this week.  This is the second time in the last five months that Williams has had some form of surgery on his knee.  No word on how serious or how long he will be out.

Freddy Adu appears to be in talks with FK Jagodina in Serbia.  And he is also getting some interest from a team in Cyprus.

Juan Agudelo has been in Florida training with Orlando City, but much like Brek Shea a couple months ago, this is just a training thing.  He won’t be signing with Orlando City.

Jozy Altidore’s summer vacation is finally ending as he is expected to be back with Sunderland today.

Much like Jermaine Jones throwing out the first pitch with the Dodgers a couple weeks ago, Geoff Cameron did the same with the Red Sox last week and Brad Guzan did it with the Cubs this week.

Do you like stats and numbers?  I did a quick look at Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Alejandro Bedoya yesterday.  I plan on doing another one next week on a couple guys from the Championship.

A few of the younger US players (and prospects) will be making the trek to the US with their European teams in the next week.  Gedion Zelalem is on Arsenal’s roster which will take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.  Emerson Hyndman made Fulham’s squad which is headed to Jacksonville to take on DC United this weekend.  And we already know that Julian Green is with Bayern Munich as they take on the MLS All-Stars.  Pep Guardiola spoke to the US press about Green and how he doesn’t want to loan him out this year.

Another youth player, Lynden Gooch, has been receiving some praise from Sunderland fans this week.  Gooch came off the bench with Sunderland’s first team in a friendly against Carlisle United on Tuesday.  Then he made another appearance with the first team on Wednesday in a friendly against Hartlepool United and assisted on one goal (GIF highlights).

Alfredo Morales scored a goal for FC Ingolstadt in a friendly against Nurnberg earlier this week.  Here is a photo of Morales in action.

Sacha Kljestan is still with Anderlecht and went the full 90 minutes in a friendly earlier this week.

Brek Shea is receiving some praise for his play in Stoke City’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Edgar Castillo (and his odd #1 jersey number) talked to Tom Marshall about still trying to keep the USMNT dream alive.

Bobby Wood came off the bench in 1860 Munich’s 3-0 win over SV Heimstetten in a friendly yesterday.  Here is a photo of him in action.

For those of you holding out to buy a Junior Flores/Borussia Dortmund jersey, you can go get those #22 jerseys now.  For those ultimate soccer jersey hipsters, Alonso Hernandez will wear #13 for Monterrey in Mexico.

Will Packwood played with Birmingham City’s U-21 team the other day in a private friendly.  Sounds like he missed a little time recently “after suffering from illness”, but he is now back in action.

The US U-20 team now knows the format for January’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship.  It will be two groups of six teams with the winners of each group clinching a spot in the U-20 World Cup, while the second and third place teams from each group doing a four-team playoff for the last two spots.

One player who might be on that U-20 team, Fernando Arce Jr., talked to Brian Sciaretta about selecting to play for the US over Mexico even though his dad played for Mexico.

Goalkeeper Phil Saunders has signed with Icelandic 1st Division side BÍ/Bolungarvik.

Former Bucknell product Conor O’Brien made the jump to Denmark out of college and now another Bison is headed to Denmark.  This time it is Mayowa Alli and he is signing with Vensyssel in the Danish First Division (second tier).

With Roma in Boston this week, Keith Costigan talked to Roma president James Pallotta and Pallotta claims that we can expect “an announcement in the next few weeks” in regards to an American going to the club.  Could the DeAndre Yedlin deal be back on or could it be another player?  Or could it be nothing?  I have no clue.

US Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are building a new National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City.  Sounds like this would be the main training hub for coaches and refs, while I think they will also get some USMNT/USWNT/youth team camps at the complex (along with the StubHub Center in Carson, California) once it is completed.

In the random but awesome jersey department.  I want this jersey of a lower level Spanish team.  And if the Big Ten had pro-style jerseys with sponsors, here is what one person thinks they would look like.  Basically my Hawkeyes would be Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, this site has been receiving a lot more traffic this month (likely due to the World Cup fever) along with a lot more Twitter and Facebook followers.  If you are new to the site, thanks for checking us out.  If you are not new to the site, thanks for continuing to check us out.  It is nice to see this site grow with all of you.

 
Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Alfredo Morales, Alonso Hernandez, Bobby Wood, Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Williams, DeAndre Yedlin, Edgar Castillo, Emerson Hyndman, Fernando Arce Jr., Freddy Adu, Gedion Zelalem, Geoff Cameron, Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo, Julian Green, Junior Flores, Lynden Gooch, Mayowa Alli, Phil Saunders, Sacha Kljestan, Tim Howard, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team, Will Packwood
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Hump day links
   July 16, 2014 (1:12 AM) by Matt Benson
 

Just a couple things for Wednesday.

Greg Seltzer updates us on the latest on the Matt Besler front.  Looks like he is getting a lot of interest from England and we might know an answer about his friendly come Monday.

Mr. Seltzer also informs us that Olympiacos are no longer interested in Sacha Kljestan.

Omar Gonzalez was on Conan last night and here is a part of his interview.

Aron Johannsson had successful ankle surgery yesterday.  He is expected to miss 6-8 weeks according to AZ’s website.  ArJo appears to be in good spirits.

US Soccer put up a little video of highlights while Tab Ramos, Zach Pfeffer and Andrija Novakovich talk about the US U-20′s 2-1 win over Chile from Monday.

One U-20 player not in Carson at the moment is Rubio Rubin as he was busy playing with FC Utrecht’s senior team in a friendly on Tuesday.  Here are a couple photos of Rubin.

Another young player getting some action with a senior team in a friendly on Tuesday was Joe Gyau with Borussia Dortmund.  Gyau got the start and went the full 90 minutes in Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Hessen Kassel.  That link also has a photo of Gyau in Dortmund’s new jersey for this season.

Speaking of Borussia Dortmund, it looks like US U-17 forward Christian Pulisic has also signed (or will be soon) with Borussia Dortmund.

And finally, Screamer/Deadspin have ranked all 171 goals from the World Cup.  Obviously I am biased, but I think Jermaine Jones’ goal was much better than #40.  Also, I personally think James Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay was the best of the tournament, which they do not.

 
Categories: Andrija Novakovich, Aron Johannsson, Christian Pulisic, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Rubio Rubin, Sacha Kljestan, US U-20 National Team, Zach Pfeffer
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Tuesday morning linkage
   July 8, 2014 (12:01 AM) by Matt Benson
 

I finally sat down this past weekend and wrote a lengthy recap with photos/videos of my trip to Brazil.  You can read it here.

DeAndre Yedlin spoke to The News Tribune’s Don Ruiz about the Roma transfer talk.  He gives some very Crash Davis-coached answers.

Not surprising, but ESPN has been getting some monster ratings for the World Cup.  A mixture of growth of the sport in the US and the US TV-friendly time zones of Brazil.

I re-watched the US’s group stage games this weekend and while Michael Bradley might have been sloppy at times, no one covered the field like he did.  And he did better/just as well against Germany as France’s midfielders.

BBC Sport ran a poll on the best goalkeeper at the World Cup and Tim Howard took home the honors.  Here is also all 16 of Howard’s saves against Belgium in GIF form.

The DTAI Sports Analytics Lab did some analysis on the group stage and put out a PDF on their findings.  CONCACAF performed the best out of any region when compared to “expectations”.

I have posted Mark Yesilevskiy’s prints before but he has done some more of the World Cup, including a USMNT one with the bomb pop jerseys.  I can’t find the article now, but there was a story from one of the UK newspapers recently about the excitement of the World Cup in the US and some Nike spokesperson said that the bomb pop jerseys have been the best selling US jerseys in Nike’s history of making them.

Here is a write up on the various fonts Nike used for their World Cup jerseys.  I love that Dutch font.

Everton’s website did a quick story on the various Americans to play at the club, including Howie’s favorite duo of Cody Arnoux and Anton Peterlin.

Fabian Johnson’s injury that he picked up in the Belgium game doesn’t appear to be serious and he should be returning to full training in two weeks.

Joe Gyau is one of eight players on Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team who have been invited to the first team’s training camp by Jurgen Klopp.

Sacha Kljestan spoke to Michael Adubato about the start of Anderlecht’s training camp while also being open about a transfer if anything does materialize.

Shawn Parker scored a goal for FC Augsburg in a 3-0 win over Memmingen in a preseason friendly.

NYCFC’s Jeb Brovsky is headed to Norway to go on loan with Strømsgodset.  Strømsgodset currently sit in second place of the Tippeligaen, six points behind Molde FK through 14 games.

It looks like Tijuana won’t be getting a Christmas card from UCLA as they have raided Southern California for yet another player, this time US U-18 defender David Chavez.  The Xolos also had four American-born players in their starting lineup on Saturday against Leones Negros.

Alonso Hernandez started for Monterrey in a friendly against SA Scorpions FC over the weekend.

After playing with Zweibrücken last season, Irvin Raul Parra is now with Kaiserslautern’s U-23 team for 2014-15.

Also making a move this summer, Joey Spivack is now with IBV in Iceland after spending the last two seasons with Kemi Kings in Finland.

Jon-Paul Pittman is on trial with English League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge.  Pittman appeared in 10 league games last season with Wycombe Wanderers while dealing with a knee issue.

Duane Holmes will have a new squad friendly number this season at Huddersfield Town (#19).

And finally, everyone should be a fan of this team in Finland.  Seriously, Sexy Pants.

 
Categories: Alonso Hernandez, David Chavez, DeAndre Yedlin, Duane Holmes, Fabian Johnson, Irvin Raul Parra, Jeb Brovsky, Joe Gyau, Joey Spivack, Jon-Paul Pittman, Michael Bradley, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Tim Howard
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Friday morning links
   July 4, 2014 (12:05 AM) by Matt Benson
 

A bunch of random stuff for you before the weekend.

RB Leipzig’s website officially announced the signing of Terrence Boyd yesterday.

As Howie posted yesterday, Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin are getting some interest from Europe after their play in the World Cup.

According to Brian Sciaretta, Aron Johannsson is set to have ankle surgery before the start of the Eredivisie season.  It is unclear when he picked up the injury or how long he will be out.

Cody Cropper signed a new one-year deal with Southampton.

Puebla are trying to re-sign DaMarcus Beasley.  According to Eric Gomez, Puebla initially thought Beasley was asking for too much money but were impressed with his play in the World Cup.

Alejandro Bedoya gave all his USMNT teammates a nice gift after the World Cup.

Could Jermaine Jones be hinting at a move to MLS?

It sounds like Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking at a lot of younger players over the next year when it comes to the USMNT.

“A good thing about this next year is that we kind of have the opportunity to see a lot of young players coming to our platform, coming to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “We can give them time to show where they are up to right now.

“The experienced players, or the older players, we can tell them for the next couple of months: ‘Go play in your club environment, we know you inside out anyway, we know what you bring to the table. But right now maybe there’s time for the next couple of friendlies that come up and over the next year that we want to see the young players grow and see how they can make it.’”

Greg Seltzer is hearing that at least one Eredivisie team and Genk are interested in Sacha Kljestan as well as Olympiacos.

Stuart Holden will continue to work out with Bolton despite not being under contract.  He will be allowed to play in any friendly, under-21 or development squad games but if he gets healthy again and Bolton want him back with the first team then he would have to sign a new deal.

A possible good sign on the Shawn Parker front?  He lists Germany and US for his nationality on Augsburg’s website.

Here are some photos of Junior Flores and Joe Gyau in action with Borussia Dortmund’s U-23 team.  Mario Rodriguez scored two goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach against Dortmund in this friendly.

Are you buying a Tijuana/Paul Arriola jersey this year?  Heads up that he switched numbers from #47 to a more squad-friendly #20.

Tyrone McCargo is no longer with Nurnberg’s U-23 team.  He is now with SK Austria Klagenfurt in the Austrian Regionalliga Mitte (third tier).

Adam Henley has returned to Blackburn Rovers early before training camp to finish rehabbing his ankle injury before the season starts.

Europa League started back up this week.  Pablo Punyed went 90 in Stjarnan’s 4-0 win over Bangor City.  A Mix Diskerud-less Rosenborg defeated Jelgava 4-0.  Jordan Seabrook came off the bench for 21 minutes in VPS’s 2-1 win over Brommapojkarna.

Alfred Koroma has had an impressive start with Fluminese’s reserve team.

I don’t know if this link will work for everyone, but for those of you that missed PBS’s documentary on Bob Bradley, here you go.

This will probably be the best World Cup analysis you read during the entire tournament.

And finally, one of the guys I hung out with during the World Cup put together a compilation video of the trip down to Brazil.  Hopefully this weekend I can sit down and type up a post with a bunch of my photos and stories from the trip.  It really was a once in a lifetime trip.  If you are even on the fence about going to Russia in 2018, you need to go.

 
Categories: Adam Henley, Alejandro Bedoya, Alfred Koroma, Aron Johannsson, Bob Bradley, Cody Cropper, DaMarcus Beasley, DeAndre Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, Joe Gyau, Jordan Seabrook, Junior Flores, Mario Rodriguez, Mix Diskerud, Pablo Punyed, Paul Arriola, Sacha Kljestan, Shawn Parker, Stuart Holden, Terrence Boyd, Tyrone McCargo, US Men's National Team
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